Sounds really interesting. There is a great little book with a memorable chapter on Escoffier called “Proust was a Neuroscientist” by Johan Lehrer. Julian Barnes’s “The Man in the Red Coat” is also quite superb on the era; also brilliantly illustrated.
Alfred Sisley: Fog, Voisins (1874)
Finish date: 17 January 2022
Bad news: No book is perfect…but I had to think very hard to find a minus point in this book.
It was long (400 pages). That is a lot to cover in 2 days. I have the next book on my reading list but will have to wait until I digest this one. Rightly Ms McAuliffe touches on the politics and science (..few pages about Mme Cure) in the Belle Epoque. Honestly, I’ve read about – seen movie about The Dreyfus Affair so felt I could skim these pages. Also George Clemeanceau and all his band of merry men…don’t interest me. Also…there were not many illustrations in the book so I had to depend on Wikipedia/Google.
Good news: Now the real reason to read this book is the world of literature…
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